ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
Global Management Forum 2021

DeNA founder urges more M&A to boost innovation

Vice chair of Japan's business lobby points to Singapore and South Korea as successful startup hubs

As an entrepreneur herself, Tomoko Namba notes that one major issue for Japanese startups is that "most of them have a business based on a domestic perspective instead of Asia or the world." (Photo by Yoichi Iwata)

TOKYO -- The female vice chair of Japan's most powerful business lobby Keidanren and founder of online services provider DeNA says Japanese companies need to look outside their "domestic" circle for growth and accelerate mergers and acquisitions.

Compared to other advanced economies, Japan Inc. has struggled to carry out M&A megadeals, while startups also lag behind their foreign counterparts due to low levels of funding.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more